A lovely walking tour explores the mystical and deeply rural region in west Honshu, nestling near the Sea of Japan
Travel company Walk Japan, the pioneers of guided walking tours of the country offers a new tour called the San’in Quest.
Launching in April, 2019, the 9-day, 8-night fully guided walking tour on Japan’s main island, starting in Yamaguchi and finishing in Hiroshima, roams verdant countryside and rugged coast exploring ancient paths, historic castle towns, a silver mine, picturesque villages, and mystical shrines.
Each night, accommodation is spent mostly in traditional Japanese inns called ryokans, the experience complemented with fabulous regional cuisine, as well as therapeutic and relaxing onsen hot spring baths.
The deeply rural, mountainous San’in region is one of the least populous, more remote, and less-explored areas of the country – perfect for those who wish to experience the real Japan; its ancient landscapes and fascinating culture.
The tour begins in the 16th-century city Yamaguchi, and from here travellers wander through myriad and fascinating layers of Japanese history and the San’in’s tranquil, almost primordial landscape, back in time to the nation’s origins at Izumo Taisha shrine, before ending the tour in Hiroshima – these days a vibrant and modern Japanese city.
Along the way, savour the legacy of the ruling, local samurai clans whose cultural influence lingers on in magnificent castle ruins overlooking the ocean; visit charming post-towns that once provided lodging for travellers on ancient highways; relax in onsen hot springs, which have been a source of comfort and respite over the millennia; and visit the UNESCO-registered Iwami Ginzan silver mine.
San’in Quest Tour: Price: From JPY428,000 (AUD$5,336) per person. 2019 dates: April 22-30; November 3-11.